The Little Things I Missed While Living In Florence & The Big Things I Miss Since I Left

We all have those creature comforts that we miss when we’re far away from home.

Arno River Sunset, Florence.

While I was living in Florence, I kept a running list of all the little things I missed about life in America. Don’t get me wrong, I loved absolutely every moment of my time in Florence. I completely fell in love with every aspect of the city—the lifestyle, the people, the architecture, the food. But we all have those creature comforts that we miss when we’re in a new place, especially one far away from home. My family, my friends, and my dog were of course at the top of my “Things I Miss” list, but here’s a glimpse into what the rest of the list looked like:

  • Starbucks coffee: Italian coffee is beyond amazing, but sometimes you just need a Venti Mocha to get you through the day
  • Sushi: there were a few sushi places, but how can you bring yourself to eat anything other than authentic Italian pasta while in Florence?
  • Salads: there was a surprising lack of big, hearty salads—it’s all about the caprese
  • Clothes dryers: I’m all about conserving energy, but finding a place for three girls-worth of clothing to hang-dry in a single apartment was quite a feat
  • Free public restrooms: if you’re in a pinch and don’t have any coins on you, you’re out of luck
  • Toilet seat covers: need I say more?
  • Ice in drinks: drinks are usually served without ice here, and you really start to realize that a soda is not very refreshing when it’s room temperature
  • Free water at restaurants: that extra charge for a bottle of still water would have been so much better spent on more wine!
  • Uber: paying for a taxi in cash feels incredibly inconvenient after years of being spoiled by rideshare apps
  • Diet Coke: maybe this is just a personal thing, but Coca-Cola Light is just not the same!! (Especially when served without ice…)

I know, those are all very frivolous things, but thinking about the little things that make your home feel so homey really helps you to appreciate it. However, since leaving Florence, my heart holds an even longer list of all the lovely things I miss about the place I was lucky enough to call home for a while. Here are just a few of the MANY things I will forever love and miss about Florence (that is, until I return):

  • The relaxed lifestyle: Florentine people take the time to enjoy every day to the fullest, and it’s clear they appreciate the beautiful piece of the world in which they live
  • Great bottles of wine for 3€: a dream come true
  • Walking everywhere: though it’s not the quickest way to get around, walking allowed me to admire every detail of the city
  • Long, fantastic dinners: I made so many memories spending hours chatting with friends and eating some of the best meals of my life
  • Art everywhere you look: getting to admire the architectural and sculptural works of some of history’s greatest artists every time I stepped outside was something I never took for granted
  • Cheese. Gelato. Repeat.

I could go on and on about all the things I miss about Florence, but I’ll end by telling you the thing I miss most: the feeling. This may be unique to everyone who visits, but for me, Florence felt like warmth, love, happiness, and a welcoming, wonderful home away from home.

Are you planning a trip to Florence? Ask Jordyn questions in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out for a truly unique experience of Tuscany.

Jordyn Asakowicz

Editorial Intern

Jordyn is a college student from California. She is an aspiring writer who fell in love with Italy while living there for a few months. She loves shopping and trying local foods in a new city.

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